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UC Davis Ranked No. 1 in World in Veterinary Sciences

April 28, 2015

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Students in One Health visit a village in Nicaragua.

April 28, 2015

UC Davis’ expertise in veterinary sciences leads the world, according the latest QS World University Rankings released today. As the inaugural top-ranked university in Veterinary Science, UC Davis is renowned for working to solve society’s most pressing health issues with a “One Health” approach.

Faculty members from the university’s School of Veterinary Medicine collaborate with colleagues from human medicine, environmental sciences and other disciplines to advance the health of animals, people and the environment around the world. For example, the school manages the PREDICT program, which recently received a $100 million USAID grant to continue an unprecedented international campaign in more than 20 countries to rapidly detect and respond to emerging viruses such as Ebola and SARS that move among people, wildlife, and livestock.

“The UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine has a rich history of educating leaders in veterinary medicine, public health, biomedical sciences and specialty disciplines. Our recognition by the QS World Rankings demonstrates our global impact on the health of animals, people, and the environment,” Dean Michael Lairmore said. “I am very proud of our people and programs that have worked hard to earn this new recognition for our school and UC Davis.”

UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine was also recently ranked No. 1 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report. In addition to PREDICT, the school is involved in more than 30 countries worldwide through efforts such as:

Gorilla Doctors working in Africa to conserve endangered populations of mountain and eastern lowland gorillas

Oiled Wildlife Care Network—recognized as a world leader in oil spill response, rescue, rehabilitation and research

Health for Animals and Livelihood Improvement (HALI) Project—an international team of researchers, professionals, students, volunteers, and community members working together to better understand the interactions among humans, animals, and their shared environments in Tanzania

Students for One Health working to bring sustainable healthcare and economic development to the people and animals of Sabana Grande, Nicaragua

Office of Global Programs facilitates foreign exchange of veterinary students, faculty, and staff for educational enhancement and cultural enrichment

More than two dozen international residents receive training in one of 34 specialties at the school’s teaching hospital, home of the nation’s largest residency program

UC Davis also ranked No. 1 in the world for teaching and research in agriculture and forestry—the third consecutive year the university has ranked first in agriculture and forestry by QS, whose rankings are based on reputational surveys and research citations. The QS World University Rankings by Subject this year evaluated 3,467 universities and ranked 971 institutions. The rankings are prepared by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a British firm that previously was the data provider for the annual Times Higher Education rankings. The firm is widely considered to be one of the most influential international university rankings providers.